Community helps recognize KCHS students' achievements

Posted: Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Last week at Kenai Central High School, the Academic Recognition Banquet was held to honor more than 100 students who are excelling academically. Specifically, the banquet recognizes those students earning a 3.5 and above on a 4.0 scale.

The Academic Recognition Program was started 15 years ago when a group of parents and school staff wanted to create an outlet that rewards students for their excellence in the classroom. It has flourished since that time.

The speaker for the evening was Kenai Police Chief Gus Sandahl. Chief Sandahl, a 1990 KCHS graduate, gave an inspiring talk about the need for students to pursue the career choice that is their passion.

Scott and Dena Cunningham of McDonald's deserve a thank you for their continued support of this program. A special thanks goes to the Peninsula Oilers Baseball Club for sponsoring the door prize of the evening.

As a result of the club's generosity, the winning student will be enjoying a free box seat for the entire 2009 baseball season.

Members who helped coordinate the event include Alan Fields, Loren Reese, Connie Jung, Patty Lawyer and Edi Macik.

We are fortunate to live in a community with businesses and organizations that are always willing to support our kids.

Margaret Gilman

Committee chairperson

Academic Recognition Program

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